What an interesting experience this has been. There were those who expressed doubt in the beginning, but I stuck to my guns and called upon the village and the village answered loud and clear. The crowdfund on indiegogo.com is now complete with 105% funding so far with a week yet to go on the clock. For those who wanted to get in on the perks I made available during the campaign, those are available for a limited time….until January 7th. After that, the site goes inactive and the perks go away.
The level of commitment people have shown for the campaign has been nothing short of inspirational. It helps to show me the kind of support there is here for the arts not just locally, but all over the country. Donations and perks were snatched up by people in California, Washington State, New Jersey, Alberta Canada, North Carolina, and Virginia. This bodes very well for moving forward into the next phase of the studio’s operation. With over two dozen people asking if they could come blow glass during the Fall, it has been word of mouth and fond memories of the fun folks have had in the studio in the past that have kept them inquiring even when the studio was temporarily shuttered. The good news is that hot glass will be back in the New River Valley!
My thanks go out to my 60 donors and even more who shared the status of the campaign on their Facebook pages. All of this resulted in building awareness and enough buzz to get me where I am with full funding. With all of your help, I will finally get to light the lamp!
In the days to come I will be busy ordering the supplies needed for the campaign and getting the furnace back online. I will be setting up appointments for people who chose as their perks and opportunity to blow their own glass as well as making a slew of the Gaia Lamps, which was the center of this funding effort. These pieces will be marketed nationwide and sold through craft galleries across the U.S. I will be announcing a party for the backers to the campaign soon where we will get to light the lamps, eat, drink, be merry and blow some glass! Tentatively the date scheduled for this is the weekend of January 24th beginning in the evening. Check my facebook page Stafford Art Glass for more details.
You can reach the indiegogo campaign HERE.